Jean Blanchet grew up in Lyon, France, where he learned his father’s trade of leather-making in the late 1700s. As a boy, young Jean was fascinated with the French and Swiss styles of watchmaking, and when he was 18, Jean attended a prestigious French watchmaking school.
Just four years later, Jean moved to Coppet, Switzerland, and, nestled along the banks of Lake Geneva, he breathed life into his very own watchmaking techniques and designs.
In 1823, he married Laura Jean Wilson, the daughter of Switzerland’s English Ambassador. Together, the couple had one child. Yves Blanchet took over the family company when his father died in 1852.
Since that time, the Blanchet family had great success. Then, in 1914, disaster struck. A 1914 fire destroyed the entire factory.
Now, Blanchet returns.
Throughout history, remarkable figures such as Napoleon III, and British Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone have adorned Blanchet watches. High-class French-Switzerland socialites enjoyed fine Blanchet quality in regal style.
Today, Blanchet continues to mold sophisticated designs that are infused with pioneering technological innovations. In Jean Blanchet’s words, “A good watch is like a good wine; only time enhances the value and quality.”
A NEW FACE FOR A HISTORICAL BRAND
Since the second half of the 1800s, Blanchet has crafted watches at the highest standards of durability and quality. Using tried and true, unique techniques, Blanchet has consistently provided originality, luxury, and style.
Now, Blanchet delivers contemporary elegance in perfect harmony with the timeless standards of its predecessors. By blending Italian design and Swiss technology, Blanchet delivers the best.
Blanchet is a longstanding piece of Swiss history and is proud to offer handmade, highly crafted watches today.
Contrôl Officiel Suisse des Chronométers
COSC is Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres, the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute, which is the institute responsible for certifying the accuracy and precision of wristwatches in Switzerland.
Each officially certified COSC chronometer is identified by a serial number engraved on its movement and a certification number given by the COSC.